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Funeral Fireworks in Piazza Independenza

Here is a video of a funeral cortege that stops traffic in the middle of Piazza Independenza in downtown historic center of Palermo. They open the door to the hearse carrying the corpse, and set off fireworks so the deceased can see them. One commentor said, " We know Palermo is geographically in Europe but culturally it is more like the Mahgreb." ( north Africa.) Another wondered if it was the funeral of a mafioso, which was my first thought. Nobody complained and after the applause traffic resumed.
Credit: La Repubblica
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